Thursday, March 31, 2016

Umbrella Ride with House Mouse


Hello! Are you enjoying all of the fabulous House Mouse and Friends posts that have been going up this week? What wonderful, happy projects! For full details on the hop, plus the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs, please visit the House Mouse & Friends blog.

Directions:
1. Stamp Umbrella Ride House Mouse with Versafine ink in Onyx Black. Color with Tombow Dual Brush Markers as listed above. Fussy cut. 
2. Die cut Winter Lake cardstock from My Colors with the 4 1/2" x 3" Fitted Frame. Take the Picasso tool and place it near the top of the die cut. Apply a small amount of acrylic paint to your stencil brush, and rub off excess on to a paper towel. In a circular motion, apply the paint to the cloud portion of the stencil to the die cut. Move the tool around the entire die cut to complete the cloud background. 
3. Die cut the 1 1/2" x 1" Fitted Frame in Loveable cardstock. Stamp with sentiment from the Spring Sentiments set and emboss with Detail Black embossing powder. Edge the die cut with Versamark and emboss with Sparkle Blue from the Spring Sparkle Embossing Kit. 
4. For the card base, cut Pollen from Bazzil to 5 1/2" x 8" and fold in half. Tape Quatrefoil stencil to the card base, and with a sponge dauber, apply Dandelion Memento Ink to the outer edges of the card. You don't need to do the center because the large Fitted Frame will be there. Work quicky so that the ink doesn't dry completely, and apply Clear Lemon from the Summer Shine Kit. You do not need to have full coverage.
5. Attach all pieces except for the House Mouse with a flat adhesive. Use foam tape from Tombow to attach the mouse. 



Supplies:
Stampendous:
HMV30: Umbrella Ride

Other:
Tombow Dual Brush Markers: Umbrella- 977, 992, 723, 703, 743 Mouse- 850, 990, 800, N89, N79, N57
Cardstock: My Colors and Bazzill Basics
Deco Art White Acrylic Paint
Imagine Crafts: Sponge Dauber, Memento Ink





Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Enter your project in the House Mouse & Friends Challenge in their InLinkz tool HERE

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lots of Glitter with Wicked Wednesday

Time for a new challenge over at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge, and I am loving the theme. It's "Lots of Glitter!" Glitter makes me happy...how about you? We are sponsored by Concetta Kilmer this week.

My whole background of the image is glitter. About 6 colors worth. And the image (called Wise Owl) was colored with my Tombow watercolor markers.


I also added 3 dots of Stickles under the image. You can't tell in my photos, but my background cardstock has some shimmer to it as well. I also used a glitter pen on the owl a bit. It is SO hard to photograph glitter! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team to see what they cooked up this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sleeping in Violets with House Mouse



Greetings! I am excited about the next 2 weeks, as the Stampendous team is hopping along with the House Mouse and Friends Challenge Blog. This hop is a little different from our other hops...commenting will not enter you to win prizes, you'll have to play along and make a project to try to win! You can enter your project on the House Mouse and Friends blog post HMFMC #215. The challenge is to "Use Stencils."

I used Violet Nap for my card, and I watercolored it. This image is just sooooo sweet.

I used 3 stencils for the card, and 2 Fitted Frames. The purple sprayed stencil is the Mosaic Swirls. The Green is the Ginkgo Bough, and on the purple background, I used Crusade. I used various inks and sprays to get the stencil images on to the cardstock.

I also added a bit of washi tape. I like putting various patterns together that wouldn't necessarily go together. I think they work here though. For full details, please be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog, as well as the House Mouse & Friends Blog. Plus,  there's lots of folks posting along with me today...their links are all below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Bunny is Sick....

Happy Easter! Today, I want to share a card for you that I made for my family. Fairly recently, I saw some freebies from Useless Trinkets, and I quickly became pretty nuts over the images. I haven't had much time to make projects just for the sake of making them, but I knew I just had to make one with Cookie Jar the unicorn today. I'm telling you, these digis are the shit. Sometimes a little creepy, sometimes a little cute, and always freaking hilarious.

So apparently, the Easter Bunny is sick, so Cookie Jar the unicorn decided to step in and help out. What a good friend!

I used watercolors for Cookie Jar, plus a bit of Fireworks Spray from Imagine Crafts on his background. For the main background, I opened up my first to pots of Dylusions paint (I have wanted these paints for SO long! I can't wait to get more colors!), and I finger-painted it. I also used 2 Dylusions sprays on it.

A teeny piece of washi tape was the only other thing I thought the card needed. Much to my delight, when my husband opened the card, he let out quite the guffaw. He loved it and thought it was really funny. Thank you so much to Jessa, the artist behind Useless Trinkets, for these fantastically fun images. I adore them, and i can't wait to color up some more. I have Gustav the Monster all printed out and ready to go. He's sad that I haven't colored him yet, but if I get all of the cooing I need to get done soon, he's next on my list of projects. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Add GLITTER with ADfD!

Hello! It's time for a new challenge with A Day for Daisies! For the next 2 weeks, we want you to add some GLITTER! I looooove me some glitter, so this was super easy and kind of a no-brainer for me. I used Forest Friends for today's project, which just so happens to be an Art Journal page. I haven't made one of these in about 9 months, and I REALLY need to start making them again.

I started off by "coloring" the tree with Vintage Photo Distress Stickles. Then, my son Phoenix and I colored in the leaves of the tree using a shimmery green gel pen. After the tree dried completely I applied some Glossy Accents to the grass and covered it all with Green Micro Glitter from Stampendous. Last, I colored the animals and sky with my Tombow Dual Brush watercolor markers.

Now it was time to play with my background. I sprayed it with 4 different mists, by just as many companies. One of them was Wedding Dress irRESISTables by Imagine Crafts, which is nice and thick, so I knew I could sprinkle some more glitter on top of it. I used my favorite glitter...Crystal Glitter Mix by Stampendous.

I needed more leafy green goodness, so I decided to use the Ginkgo Bough from Dreamweaver Stencils on the background. I inked it up with Honeydew Encore Ultimate Metallic ink from Imagine Crafts. I also added a simple sentiment from the Wild Sayings Stampendous set. I think that all of these elements really set the stage for the lovely Forest Friends image. I could even see printing the image out really big and making it a Spring time wall hanging. Please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daisies team over on the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Embossing Techniques: Letter "H"

Hello! This week, the Stampendous Design Team decided to revisit the fantastic book that Stampendous owner Fran Seiford has written, called Embossing Techniques from A-Z. This book has so many awesome ideas, we needed to share some more with you. I decided to do letter "H" this time around.


I used the Tiny House Wagon stamp, along with the Growing Tree stamp. I'm not going to tell you what I did though....you need to get Fran's book for that! But I will show you a close up. ;)

I added some lace to the edge, and I inked it with some VersaFine ink from Imagine Crafts.

My background was done with a mess of different sprays, and then I inked the Quatrefoil Stencil on top by using a sponge dauber and Bronze Burst Delicata ink. It's subtle, but you can see it in the above photo. I also addeda button and some pretty olive green May Arts ribbon. Below are all of the ladies posting projects today. Please be sure to visit them all. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Pam Hornschu (DW and Embossing)
Alison Heikkila (DW and Embossing)- that's me! 
Lea Fritts (DW and Embossing)
Laura Drahozal (DW and Embossing)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Star Wars with Wicked Wednesday

Greetings! I am really excited about the Wicked Wednesday theme for this week. It's Star Wars!!!! And Sassy Studios Designs was kind enough to provide us with some fun digis to play with. I am a huge Star Wars fan so I was super stoked for this week.

I used Space Droid Honey for my ATC. I colored the droid with a few Tombow Dual Brush watercolor markers. I fussy cut it out and then started to play with my background.

The base of the ATC started off as just white cardstock. I used 4 Dylusions sprays, 1 Deco Art Mister, 1 Imagine Crafts irRESISTables, and some Chunky White embossing powder from Stampendous. I know, I know...that's a lot of stuff for a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of cardstock. But I think the combination made it  look like the sky. I do not like the "R2 D2" looks right, and I'll be changing it. But it works for now. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team for more Star Wars themed ATC's. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Shoes with A Day for Daisies

Hello! It's post #2 for me today. Here, I am sharing a new card that I have made for A Day for Daisies. We are sharing some beautiful images from the Forest Friends category, and my digi is called New Shoes.

I colored this sweet fairy with my Tombow Dual Brush markers. I inked up an acrylic stamping block with the markers and applied the colors to the images with a brush and some water.

For her wings, I used my Imagine Crafts irRESISTables Pico Embellisher in Shimmer, to give a little bit of glimmer to them. My background was done with chalk.

I added a pretty punched border, some washi tape, and 2 sweet flowers to finish the card off. Please be sure to check out my other blog post for today, It's for the Stampendous and Deflecto Hop. And, don't forget to visit the A Day for Daisies Blog to see some more pretty projects. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Deflecto Finale


Hello! Today is the finale of the Deflecto and Stampendous Hop! Deflecto shared some amazing products with the Stampendous team, and I know that we have all been very excited to share our creations with you. There are prizes to win from both Deflecto and Stampendous, so be sure to stop by their blogs to get all of the details. Today's project from me features the Rotating Carousel Craft Organizer.

This is such a great product. I love how many different containers are in one, small area, and that it's on a Lazy Susan. I also love that it's clear. So when I found out I was going to be decorating this piece, I knew I didn't want to lose the fact that I could see what was inside each of the triangles.

Our theme this week is Spring, so I decided to work with the Cling Daisy Mix Stamps and Dies sets. Then I had to decide what to stamp these daisies on....again, I wanted to try to maintain the clarity of the carousel, so  broke out some Vertigo from Imagine Crafts. I used Rattlesnake because I like the varied pattern in the sheet. This is what the original sheet looks like:

It has nice, reflective qualities, plus it's translucent. And I knew my daisies would look really cool. So I stamped the daisies with StazOn, and then used the coordinating die to cut them out. I ran them through my Big Shot twice, because the Vertigo didn't cut all the way through in one pass. Then, I played with some color.


I used some Encore Ultimate Metallic inks, along with Delicatas, as they both stick well to the Vertigo. I colored the side that I did not use the StazOn, so that the black outline was still clear when I mounted the pieces on to the plastic. I applied the ink directly from the pads. 


Since I will be using this piece for organization, I didn't want to put too much on each container. I like the random look I got from using the different daisies and leaves too. Gluing was something I needed to experiment with, but I finally found that Beacon Adhesive's 3 in 1 glue worked great! It is totally clear, dries quick, and holds on to the plastic really well.


They look so pretty when the light hits them, and the effect the vertigo gives is really cool. It's tough to photograph!


And here is the carousel filled with some of my crafty goodies. I can easily see what's inside, but it's not so utilitarian because of the flowers. Thank you so much to Deflecto, for providing the Stampendous team with such amazing products. Below are the folks that have projects to share with you today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Deflecto Hop: Framed!


The Stampendous team has been having fun all week playing with the Deflecto team and some of their great products. Deflecto was kind enough to send the Stampendous team some awesome items, one of which I am sharing with you today. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs, and you can learn all about them at the Stampendous and Deflecto blogs.

I used 2 stencils for this frame. Cathedral Windows Small and Large. For the small, I used Copper Embossing Paste, and for the Large, I used Pearlescent. I sprinkled Lavender Glass Glitter over the wet paste, as will as a little Silver Micro Glitter.


I went for imperfect, slightly random patterns. I wanted it to go past the black edge a bit. I needed to allow dry time between sections, so as to not smudge what I had already laid down.


I used a fairly neutral palette, so that I can swap out the photo easily and it it will still coordinate. I'll have another project to share tomorrow, and I can't wait for you to see it! Below are the rest of the folks that have projects today, so please be sure to visit and leave some love for everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Pearls or Beads with ADfD

Hello! It's my second post today. That hasn't happened in a while, so please be sure to scroll down to my following post to see what I did with 2 pieces of PVC. But first, let me show you 2 projects I made for A Day for Daisies. The theme for the next 2 weeks is to "Add Pearls or Beads." One of my projects should have been up last week, but my little girl was sick, so I didn't have time to finish it for last Friday. So, that one doesn't have pearls or beads.

I colored this lovely mermaid (named Vintage Pink Lingerie) with my Tombow markers. And I created her background with a few different sprays and my Small Scales stencil from Stampendous.

I also added a sentiment from Stampendous, and lots of fabulous Burgundy glitter at the bottom of the tag. The ribbon is from May Arts.

Now, for my next project I was inspired by the negative print that I made with my stencil. I had already colored the mermaid, and I thought she'd look great with it.

I made a bookmark! I tore the stencil print in half and applied it to cardstock that I backed with cardboard. I spritzed some irRESISTables on it for shine and dimension, then sprinkled Burgundy glitter on top.

My sentiment is from the same set (called Wild Sayings) as the one that I used on the tag.

It was fun to coordinate these to projects together. I loved using these Mermaids! Please be sure to visit the A Day for Daisies blog to see even more fantastic projects! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Deco Art and Andy Skinner Blog Hop Finale

Hello! It's time for the finale of the DecoArt and Stampendous blog hop. Have you enjoyed yourself this week? I bet you've got some new techniques that you want to try. I know I do! I am super stoked about my project for today. And it solves a dilemma that we've had in my kids' room for a while.

What you see above is 2 pieces of PVC. And some fab DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics! So, what am I doing with PVC, you ask? Well, my mom bought my son a light saber(Darth Vader's) for Christmas, and he wanted to display it, but we weren't really sure where in his room, and how. I wanted something cooler than hooks, and we thought it would be neat to have the light saber vertical, instead of horizontal. Plus, there was a fab spot for it if it hung in that direction. So, my husband came up with the PVC pip idea, and I altered the pieces.



The end cap holds the base, and the small piece of pipe holds up near the end. And the 2 pieces are spaced out enough so that it's easy to take the light saber out when those pesky rebels come and try to blow up your newest incarnation of the Death Star.


I started off by covering the PVC  with DecoArt's White Gesso. Once that dried, I stippled on Quinacridone Gold with a brush. I followed up with Prussian Blue and Paynes Gray next.

Then I layered some Crackle Paste. I kept it kind of thin, so my cracks were smaller. I was really just playing around with the paints and mediums, to see what results I liked. It's fun to experiment like this!

Since my cracks were small, and I liked the way the paint looked before, I did the same stippling technique with the same colors as before. Was it unnecessary to do the original layer? Maybe....but again, I was just playing to see what I liked. And I knew I did want a deep color range under the cracks.

Next, I layered the PVC with English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream. After it dried to the touch, I rubbed a lot of it off with an old pillow cover. I decided I wanted a metallic sheen to parts of it, so I painted on some Metallic Silver Fluid Acrylic. I also rubbed on a bit of Carbon black.

At this point, I kept adding and taking away color, until I got the look that I wanted. You can see here that my end cap is pretty textured, where as the small piece I left fairly flat.

When I was happy with the pieces, I sealed them with Matte Varnish. Then I added some of the images from Andy Skinner's Toxic stamp set with StazOn ink.

I only added stamped images to the cup piece. My son was thrilled with the way the pieces turned out, and I am really happy with them too. I had a blast painting them, and again, it's great that it solved the problem of how to hang up his light saber. Below are all of the fabulous people that are sharing projects today. Be sure to stop by each of them for a chance to win prizes! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


Alison Heikkila (that's me!)